In response to the Nov. 5 editorial “Party ordinance would be harsh on young Bostonians,” we write in support of the proposed ordinance, which would address some longstanding issues within Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain. We speak for a range of neighbors and organizations including Sociedad Latina, Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation, and the Hyde Square Task Force.
“Town and gown” relationships in Boston and other cities are complicated and tense, affecting the quality of life and local economies of host communities. We need a multipronged approach that requires institutions and landlords to contribute to the peace, safety, and cleanliness of our neighborhoods. Institutions must provide more affordable housing for their students, and landlords, many of whom do not live in our neighborhoods, must invest resources to actively manage properties and assume responsibility for buildings, tenants, and visitors.